Meeting Louise Hay

louise_speaks.jpg  She met us at the door and smiled, her eyes twinkling and her smile charming.

Louise Hay is the queen of the new age, law of attraction, think-it-and-you’ll-attract-it movement.

Her books are classics, from Heal Your Body to Empowering Women.

She’s 81 years old young and as vibrant as a teenager.

Her I Can! events are sold out pep-fests where people get enough juice to last a year.

Louise is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the mind-body connection. It was revised and expanded in 1998. It’s still considered a classic today.

Louise has helped me personally over the decades, without her knowing it, with her messages of insight and uplift.

I used to read her question and answer section in the back of Science of Mind magazine. It helped me hang in there and focus on what I wanted. It worked, too. Look at me today. 🙂

Given all of the above, you can imagine my delight to be able to have an evening with Louise Hay.


She invited me and my personal fitness trainer, Scott York, to her multi-million dollar penthouse overlooking everything in San Diego.

We were there for the Steve Reeves film and fitness festival, and to finally see the 1976 Jag XJS I bought that was originally owned by Hercules.


But the car will have to wait for another post.

The view from Louise’s penthouse was spectacular.

She poured champagne for us while she pointed out the park, the ocean, the airport, and the other buildings.

She loves San Diego, saying, “It doesn’t have any humidity or bugs.”

She took us to dinner at another high rise location, where we could see planes come in over the top of office buildings as they landed at the in-city airport.

But the best part of all was getting to ask Louise questions.

Her joy in life is to find new authors and promote them to the world.

She’s very excited to have acquired Abraham, brought to you by my friends Jerry and Esther Hicks. Their latest book, Money and the Law of Attraction, is already a bestseller.

Louise travels a lot. She has offices all over the planet. She had only returned from Australia two days earlier when we met her. She didn’t seem travel weary at all, though. She radiated health. Scott and I had traveled from Austin to San Diego that very morning and showed more exhaustion than Louise.

She has an office, and an assistant, right in her penthouse.

She showed me some of her paintings, too, which I imagine is a rare treat. I had never heard of her art interests before.

Our conversation covered many topics, including health.

She said almost every health problem had to deal with anger and resentment.

When she got cancer, she realized she had to forgive in order to heal. She knew her issue was with her parents.

She looked at their childhood, saw how they had been raised, and was then better able to understand and forgive them.

As a result, she is cancer free.

Surprisingly, she didn’t know much about me or my work. To resolve that, I gave her copies of The Attractor Factor and The Key.

I also told her about Operation YES, my upcoming infomercial on The Awakening Course,  and other projects I’m involved in, including my upcoming Miracles Weekend.

Louise said she hadn’t heard anything about the Miracles Weekend. That’s when I realized I had marketed to my email list but not to San Diego. We can all use reminders. There’s always more we can do.

She let me pick from whatever book I wanted in her office and I chose Letters to Louise, which she autographed.

She offered a book to Scott, who said “You don’t have to do that.”

“I know I don’t have to,” Louise countered, smiling. “Are you just going to dismiss the good you are offered?” 

Of course, Scott then accepted a book.

I asked what she thought of all the movies coming out since The Secret.

She said there are more Indigo children born today, and they don’t like to read. They need visuals. As a result, she made her own movie, too, You Can Heal Your Life.

I told her about a female friend of mine suffering from tumors in her uterus. I asked what Louise would do.

She said forgiveness, a nutritionist and a good oriental doctor would help.

She added that most women don’t take care of themselves because they focus on others. She said my friend needs to express her creativity and love herself, too.

But what if someone isn’t willing to change?

“They have to be ready,” Louise asked.

“Can you make them ready?” I asked.

“No one knows why each of us has the challenges we do,” she explained. “They have their lessons and we have ours. You have to take care of you.”

I asked her what book influenced her the most.

She said The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Shinn. (Hay House now publishes it.)

I asked her what book she’s reading now.

She said Success Intelligence by Robert Holden. (She said the photo on the book made the author look like he was twelve years old.)

As I looked around her penthouse, and saw the museum quality furnishings, I thought she reeked of prosperity. But Louise said she’s never focused on money, saying “I just ask ‘How can I serve?'”

Her first book was a twelve page pamphlet. It evolved into her bestselling classic Heal Your Body.

Three hours later, I hugged and thanked Louise for the evening.

I felt as though I had sat with a legend and was torn between asking loads of questions or just sitting in gratitude.

So I did a little of both.

Ao Akua,


PS – I know the photo of Louise and me above sucks. (Left click on it to enlarge it.) You can blame it on being so close to the sun on top of her building or so close to her energy. Or both. Anyway, there is a better pic at Go see. Sign up for her newsletter on prosperity, too. It’s free. Are you going to accept the good you are offered or not? 🙂


  1. August 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Two of my heroes in one post – Louise and you! Thanks, Joe. I am sure she benefitted from your energy as much as you did from hers. She is one of the founders of a movement and I use her “You Can Heal Your Life” book nearly daily, for myself or others. Forgiveness has been the key for me and I am glad there are people like you around who are spreading the word about the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and our realities. Ho’oponopono!

    Together, we are stronger!
    Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

  2. August 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your visit with Louise Hay. She is a classy lady who has also inspired me throughout the years. You also inspire me Joe, thank you for being a positive force in this world.


  3. August 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    It’s me again; I just checked to see if Louise Hay’s new DVD “You Can Heal Your Life- The Movie” is closed captioned as I am hearing impaired and its not. Emailed her company and asked if they would consider adding CC as there are millions of Americans who have trouble hearing and would like to be able to enjoy and benefit from positive teachings. I was able to enjoy watching “The Secret” because it had close caption, so Joe do keep us mind when making recordings, and if there is anything I can do to help, do let me know!


  4. August 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I agree with you Joe, Louise is truly wonderful. I am so glad that her Presence in the world has Created a lasting loving impact through the form of Hay House books.

    Who knows, maybe she’ll publish one of your books some day.


  5. Elena-Reply
    August 28, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Wow..I just got her book from the library..and here she is. Thank you , Joe ! Could you please recommend anybody who does healing sessions in Las Vegas? Thanks for your The Attractor Factor book – what an eye opener !!!

  6. August 28, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post Joe – Louise Hay is a hero of mine….thanks for sharing.


  7. August 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Absolutely terrific surprise finding this article. I love Louise Hays’ work and was thinking about recommending it to a friend earlier this week. And here you are with a discussion full of energy and what can I say but THANKS for sharing.

  8. August 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    She’s a giant, Joe. I have been using her work with my patients for decades. I pulled it off the shelf to look up something just today. My copy is so old the pages are falling out.

    It’s good to hear she as is wonderful as she seems.


  9. August 29, 2008 at 10:27 am

    What a wonderful meeting between two wonderful people!

    I LOOVE Louise Hay! She was one of my first “teachers” when I read her book Heal Your Body back in 1976 – and I still use this amazing book…

    I LOOVE Joe Vitale, Mr Fire who is one of my latest “teachers” these days!

    What a journey I have had between Louise Hay and Joe Vitale…

    I thank you both from the bottom of my heart! You are both a true Blessing to the world!

    Thank You!
    I Love You!

  10. August 29, 2008 at 11:56 am

    GREAT story Joe!!!

    Thanks for sharing.


  11. August 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Well, Joe, you did it again and surprised us bringing that wonderful woman to us.
    God bless you.

  12. August 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Well, you did it again, joe, bringing that wonderful woman to us.
    God bless you.

  13. August 30, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Joe, Thank you for writing about Louise. I’m from the UK and we don’t always get to hear about amazing people like Louise and your goodself! I not only enjoyed your blog, I went to her website and read all about her, I then bought/downloaded her film (it’s so much easier than waiting for it to arrive in the post, especially here in the UK – you might want to bear that in mind for any future films/programmes you make and it’ll generate another income stream [you have my address for future royalty cheques – haha!) Anyway lots of love to you and who knows maybe one day you’ll come to the UK and I’ll be able to Mr Fire in person.
    Best wishes

  14. August 31, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I have not had a chance to read any of Louise’s books myself. But I love Florence Scovel Shinn and its great you met her and write about it. Thank you for sharing.

    I know I should have asked your permission first; humble apologies, but I made the pic a bit more brighter, so we can see you & Louise’s smiling faces a little more clearly:

  15. August 31, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    She’s an amazing woman. I’ve been following her work for 23 years. I love what she said about how she never focuses on money, but how she can serve.
    Now, the question is, Joe, had you been manifesting this meeting and for how long?

  16. September 1, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Hi Tamara. I never spent one second manifesting this meeting. Never even occured to me to have a dinner or even a meeting with Louise Hay. As with my appearances on the Larry King show, they appeared and I said YES. As I say in my forthcoming The Awakening Course, when you get to stage four, miracles happens and you say yes.

  17. September 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hi! I bought money beyond belief, it did great job on me.I knew that I have somethig blocking me from having more money, doing the tapping strong emotions cames. As you said we might have an inspired action to do, it was so intense I had to talk to mom about dad and my childhood vs money. What I heard made me cry and then I knew where to focus to increase me financial situation. (i’m 6th of 6 children) mom said “I did not tell your dad that I was pregnant until 3 month because I was affraid we would not have enough money for 6 kids and 2 parents”. I’m always feeling fear about loosing money, not having enough to pay bills, spending on something and not having money for other things. I need help to how release that blockage in my mind. I had an inspired feeling few minute ago when I saw Abraham on your site, I followed the link and a new book called “Money and The Law of Attraction” was there I ordered it, but right after I felt fear again. I sure want to get rid of that stupid nonsense fear (Frightning Expeience Appearing Real) once and for all, t raise me financiel status end fell free, not some times but all the times. Rejean Asselin Quebec City, Qc, Ca.

  18. Jeff S.-Reply
    September 2, 2008 at 6:10 am


    You wrote that Louise had recently acquired “Abraham.” I remember this subject from my limited reading of the Hicks’ materials and seem to recall Wayne Dyer hinting around at it as well. Somehow, I was a little dissappointed that Louise divulged this–is that wrong of me?

  19. September 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Yes, Louise is great. I trained with her way back in 1989, lead study groups based on her book throughout Europe in the nineties, and I still regularly use her Heal Your Body book. Her work has been my foundation for my latest business, and she is still a huge source of wisdom for me.

    And you, Joe, are my latest inpirer! I came to you through your marketing stuff and boy, was it great to discover the spiritual aspect too! Thank you so much for your wonderful insights and willingness to share yourself (i’ve just re-read The Attractor Factor); I really appreciate your delight in being alive. Not to mention all that I’m learning about marketing, which is fascinating.

  20. September 7, 2008 at 6:07 am

    I just Love Louise Hay, her book – you can heal your life – brought me back to the land of the living, I highly recommend it, if fact I think I must have bout about 50 copies since then & given them out……& now with the help of Guys like you Joe things just keep getting better & better…….

    Wishing you all lots of fun !

  21. September 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you for telling us about your visit with Louise Hay. She is someone I respect immensly and would love to meet too. Her work has inspired me and helped me in my life. I really enjoy your blog.

  22. August 11, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much, Joe, for this blog.
    I’m a great fan of Louise Hay and had the great opportunity to meet her at the LA Book Expo last year.
    There are so many amazing adjectives to describe her but one that comes to mind is metaphysical royalty.
    When I met her I felt as if I was in the presence of a grand master.

    Big Blessings,
    Dr. Anna Maria Prezio
    Bestselling author of “Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghost-Buster”

  23. Juan Diego-Reply
    November 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi , and what does louise hay thinks about the hooponopono??

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